Enterprise Publishing earns awards at NE Press Convention

Omaha Triathlon

My co-workers at the Enterprise Publishing Company brought home a load of awards and honors at last week’s Nebraska Press Association Convention in Lincoln. In addition to the sixty-four awards from the Better Newspaper Contest, the Washington County Pilot-Tribune received the World Herald Service to Agriculture and Community Service awards in its circulation category.

I was also pleased to learn that I received the “Sports Photo of the Year” for my photo of USA Triathlon cyclists as they passed through southern Washington County last summer. I also received first, second and third place news photo awards in Class D – which is the class for weekly newspapers in our circulation category.

The majority of the 60 plus honors were  awarded to “staff ” – the talented team effort by writers, photographers, editors and visual artists.  Well done!

 

Adventure Awaits at Fort Calhoun Elementary School

The Advnture Awaits, FC School first day

Adventure Awaits as Kim Szlachetka and Marti Leishman dressed as characters from the movie Up pass in front of Fort Calhoun Elementary School on the first day of school  for students  on Monday morning August 15.

Fort Calhoun Elementary School  teachers arrived at school  dressed as characters from the movie UP and as real life and fiction adventurers to the delight of students waiting for the first day of the school year to begin. First instigated  by third grade teachers Marti Leishman and Kim Szlachetka years ago,  the themed costumes and  lessons plans have become a school wide activity.

Fourth grade teacher Liz Pemberton dressed as Meriwether Lewis and Allie Schleifer dressed as Sacagawea with her little boy Jet as Sacagawea’s son Pomp.  Allie said that Jet really did enjoy it. “He giggled and cooed the whole time. ”
Allie said, “It’s all these teachers here, one comes up with an idea and the rest of us just roll with it! ”

The Advnture Awaits, FC School first day

Liz Pemberton as Meriwether Lewis and Allie Schleiffer as Sacagawea with Allie’s little boy Jett acting as “Pomp. which was the name of Sacagawea’s son. Sacagawea traveled with Lewis and Clark. “Liz Pemberton was dressed as Lewis so I went as Sacagawea with the baby. He really did enjoy it, giggled and cooed the whole time. It’s all these teachers here, one comes up with an idea and the rest of us just roll with it! ” – Allie Schliefer.

Students schooled on fish

Former Fort Calhoun elementary studentLindsey Chizinski holds a net with Nebraska game fish.

Nerbraska Game and Parks biologist and former Fort Calhoun elementary student Lindsey Chizinski holds a net with Nebraska game fish.

Fort Calhoun elementary school students and staff are ‘Hooked on Learning’, and last week they were hooked on learning about fish.  Nebraska Game and Parks biologists Lindsey Chizinski, Tori Mullins and Matthew Gruntorad visited the campus last week and set up a tank filled with recently captured Nebraska game fish for the students to view.

Earlier in the day,  Lindsey Chizinski talked about growing up and attending elementary school in Fort Calhoun. She told the students about how her school work and school activties as well as her hobbies and interests in the outdoors led to the job she loves, which is working as a fish biologist for Nebraska Game and Parks.

Biologist Tori Mullins holds open the mouth of a large mouth bass.

Biologist Tori Mullins holds open the mouth of a large mouth bass.

Fort Calhoun first grade students touch the smooth flesh of a catfish that Game and Parks biologist Matthew Grunterad holds. .

Fort Calhoun first grade students touch the smooth flesh of a catfish that Game and Parks biologist Matthew Gruntorad holds. .

Hooked on learning

Fort Calhoun teachers dressed in fishing attire find a promising "school" of students Thursday morning.

Fort Calhoun teachers dressed in fishing attire find a promising “school” of students Thursday morning.

Opening day at Fort Calhoun Elementary School is always fun. For years, Marti Leishman and Kim Szlachetka have dressed in costume to illustrate an opening day theme, and this year the entire school got into  the act. A group of third through sixth grade teachers and the PE and reading teacher arrived at school in a fishing boat looking for a promising “school” of students.  In addition to the teachers

Marti Leishman greets students as they enter the building on Thursday.

Marti Leishman greets students as they enter the building on Thursday.

wearing and carrying fishing gear, signs throughout the building carried out the  “hooked on learning:” theme.   Have a great year, Fort Calhoun!

Kim Szlachetka shows off her catch of the day.

Kim Szlachetka shows off her catch of the day.

Liz Pemberton carrying her catch accompanies students into the building on Thursday morning.

Liz Pemberton carrying her catch accompanies students into the building on Thursday morning.

Liz Pemberton

Signs on bulletin boards, walls and doors carry out the fishing -and "hooked on learning theme. "

Signs on bulletin boards, walls and doors carry out the fishing -and “hooked on learning theme. “